( Thu., Oct. 10, 2019 )
Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth Street, Durham, NC 27705
The Regulator Bookshop presents a Stage Reading and Discussion about the war in Bosnia through the lens of an apartment in Sarajevo based on Almir Imsirevic’s play, If This Were A Movie…, translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac. Free and open to the public.
The Regulator and CSEEES of UNC (Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East Europeans Studies) host the premiere stage reading of the play in its English translation. Conceived, directed, and cast by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern’s Jaybird O’Berski and Dana Marks. Ellen Elias-Bursac will introduce the play and lead a discussion afterward. (Almir Imsirevic is not scheduled to appear.)
Almir Imsirevic is the author of eight plays and two micro dramas. His works have been produced in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, France, Turkey, Poland, Kosovo, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Included as a playwright in the Twentieth Century Anthology of Bosnian and Herzegovinian Drama, he has also served as a dramaturg on many B&H productions, and as a critic for Sarajevo-based magazines. Imsirevic is a part-time professor in the Department of Dramaturgy at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, and an editor of the portal Nomad, where he regularly publishes prose.
Ellen Elias-Bursac has been translating novels and non-fiction by Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian writers since the 1980s. ALTA's National Translation Award was given to her translation of David Albahari's novel Götz and Meyer in 2006. Her book Translating Evidence and Interpreting Testimony at a War Crimes Tribunal: Working in a Tug-of-War was given the Mary Zirin Prize in 2015. She is vice-president of the American Literary Translators Association.